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 Ukrainian court authorizes detention of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu

The Pechersk district court of Kyiv granted the petition of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine to detain Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu in order to impose pretrial confinement against him.

Censor.NET reports citing the court ruling of Aug. 26.

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"The suspect is hiding from the authorities carrying out the pretrial investigation and the court. Taking into consideration the severity of the punishment the suspect will face if found guilty of the criminal offenses he is charged with and impossibility to prevent the abovementioned risks by imposition of less restrictive preventive measure, the permission for the detention of the latter to impose pretrial confinement against him has been granted," the judgment reads.

"According to the ruling of the investigating judge, the detainee must be released or brought before the investigating judge, or the court that sanctioned his detention for the imposition of pretrial confinement against him within 36 hours after his detention," the document reads.

It is noted that the ruling loses force Feb. 26, 2017. The decision cannot be appealed against.

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